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Game Management Reprint Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0299107741
ISBN-10: 0299107744
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"Game Management is as useful today as it was the day it came off the press."—Robert A. McCabe, University of Wisconsin–Madison

About the Author

Aldo Leopold was professor of wildlife management at the University of Wisconsin.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; Reprint edition (November 15, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299107744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299107741
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By sbissell3 on February 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm a bit surprised to be the first reviewer of this classic. When I began my career in Wildlife Management over 30 years ago I was surprised at how many people quoted this work, but admitted they had not actually read it. I had read it in graduate school and was amazed at how prescient Leopold had been. He accurately predicted where Wildlife Management would go in the future and what would be necessary for success. (As a side note, Leopold used the two word term `Wild Life' meaning plants, animals, the soil; i.e. ecosystems. The term was changed to one word by the Wisconsin Legislature and defined as certain animals only.)

While this book is technical, it is not obtuse or wordy. It follows in the easily read style of Leopold and is worth the time and money of non-professionals as well as professionals. To the latter, wildlife management professionals however, I especially recommend reading this work. It will hold surprises for even those who think they "know" what Leopold had to say.

One more aside; Leopold had little use for political intervention and organizational concerns as is displayed by the fact that he devotes only a few sparse pages to organizational issues in this book. It is, in my opinion, unfortunate that Leopold did not turn his incredible intellect, wit, and writing abilities to this topic as it is, in truth, of more importance in the management of natural resources than the scientific issues.

This book is a classic in the field and deserves to be read as much as "A Sand County Almanac." I strongly recommend it.
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This book is considered the "cornerstone of wildlife management" by those of us in the field of wildlife biology and ecology; it is absolutely essential to anyone in this field. "Game Management" represents an intellectual revolution that is to wildlife biology what Einstein's relativity was to physics. Leopold is was an eloquent writer, philosopher, professor, scientist, and the first theoretical ecologist. This book was the premier textbook on wildlife biology for decades after its publication.
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An essential work (first published in 1933) on the principles of wildlife conservation and game management, which still is a must not only for all field researchers, game wardens and rangers, but for all environmentalists, conservationists, etc.
I would admit that it is not an entertaining reading, and it might be partly out of time, but I would insist that this is the best one ever written and it has a universal meaning - the same or similar rules apply to bobwhite in America, grey partridge in Russia, or chukar in Cyprus...
Apart from that, this is the first truly revolutionary study which rejects strictly utilitarian approach and treats man not as a master of the living world, but merely an element of it.
It's not an easy reading, but it's full of ideas and thoughts, please read the quote below:
"A little analogue with humans may add reality to the concept of properties. Man thinks of himself as not subject to any density limit. Industrialism, imperialism, and that whole array of population behaviors associated with the "bigger and better" ideology are direct ramifications of the Mosaic injunction for the species to go the limit of its potential, i.e., to go and replenish the earth. But slums, wars, birth-controls, and depressions may be construed as ecological symptoms that our assumption about human density limits is unwarranted; that we may yet learn a lesson in sociology from the lowry bobwhite, which, as about to be pointed out in this dry chapter, "refuses" to live in slums, and concentrates his racial effort on quality, not ciphers" (page 49).
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